NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean unveiled a model of the proposed statue of legendary Tennessee State track coach Ed Temple on Tuesday night at a ceremony held in Bridgestone Arena.Upon construction, the actual seven-foot tall statue will be placed in a plaza outside of First Tennessee Park, the new Nashville Sounds stadium.
“It’s on the greenway so it will be in an area where people will be running, and it’s a prominent area,” Dean said to Mike Organ of the Tennessean. “We’re proud of Ed Temple and we want people to know we’re proud of him, and I think that’s a good place for it.”
The statue, designed by Brian Hanlon, is expected to be finished in time for the opening of the ballpark in April.
Temple was head women's track and field coach at Tennessee State University for 44 years. During his coaching career at Tennessee State University, forty members of the famed Tigerbelle teams have represented their countries in Olympic competition. Coach Temple has led the team to 34 national titles, and eight Tigerbelles have been inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame including Edith McGuire, Wyomia Tyus, and Chandra Cheeseborough, who all attended last night’s ceremony.